Dr. DuPéré’s Ear Surgery Techniques
Your ear surgery may take place under general anesthesia or IV sedation with a local anesthetic.
Otoplasty can take many different forms. The details of your procedure will depend on the nature and extent of modification you are hoping to achieve.
Dr. DuPéré learned his surgical techniques during training at the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children and during his fellowship in Paris. Dr. DuPéré takes many steps to assure a stable and permanent result in setting your ears closer to your head:
- The incision is placed behind the ear, so it is well hidden.
- Any stubborn cartilage is weakened by multidirectional, evenly spaced scoring, as a carpenter would do to bend a piece of walnut or maple wood.
- Multiple strategically placed permanent sutures are positioned between the ear conchal cartilage (the cartilaginous bowl) and the posterior scalp tissue.
- Multiple strategically placed permanent sutures are positioned between the cartilage at the top of the ear (helix cartilage) and the ear conchal cartilage.
- An ellipse of skin is excised.
- Custom mini-bolster dressings are applied.
- Elongated earlobes are reduced.
- Torn earlobes are repaired.
Some ear surgery patients may also benefit from other facial procedures such as face lift and neck lift or fat grafting. Dr. DuPéré will sometimes use cartilage harvested during otoplasty to improve the appearance of the patient’s nose with a rhinoplasty procedure.